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Old 10-06-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
 
Cycle Wont start!!!

Well I have had my new tank for well over a month and it wont finish cycling. My tank has been sitting at 1 ppm of ammonia but wont change. I have used the bottle of stuff that says it would help didnt work. I have two live plants in it also, nothing is helping. Cant get hold of any media or gravel from another tank. is there anything else I can do?
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:32 PM   #2
 
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whats the size of the tank and what inhabitants are you using. how often do you do W/C and how much?
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:35 PM   #3
 
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whats the size of the tank and what inhabitants are you using. how often do you do W/C and how much?
Same thing I was going to ask. Money beat me to it!
Also, test your tap water for ammonia.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
 
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Same thing I was going to ask. Money beat me to it!
Also, test your tap water for ammonia.
Great minds think alike lol
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:24 PM   #5
 
its a 45 gallon tank, had four mollys now down to two. do water changes once a week and do about 20%. Also the tap waters ammonia levels are around 0 ppm.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:26 PM   #6
 
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you may not have a large enough ammonia level for your cycle to get going and your water changes are just taking it out. i would let things go for atleast 2 weeks w/o a WC or maybe get like 2 more fish and do weekly WC's at 15-20%
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:26 PM   #7
 
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Hang in there. It took me 8 weeks to fully cycle my 45 gal. (i decided to go fishless).
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #8
 
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It is surprising that your tank is sitting at 1 ppm with only two mollies.
How often and how much do you feed? Overfeeding will raise ammonia levels.
Are you still running the original filter media? It is best not to change out filter media.

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:27 PM   #9
 
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What are the plants, and how big? Plants cycle tanks automatically, if there is sufficient plant growth with only two fish in the tnak, you will not have a cycle problem, it is done. More when you tell me about the plants.

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Old 10-08-2009, 07:31 PM   #10
 
I have one larger size plant, dont know what it is, it has large leaves then a moss ball. just got them sunday. Still nothing has changed still at 1 ppm. Also I have not changed the media, I have a emperor 400 with mixed media in it. Might buy more plants this weekend...
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